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Festival of trees a success

February 14, 2005

Organizers of the first Antietam Healthcare Foundation's Festival of Trees report that several thousand dollars were raised for the Special Care Level II Nursery planned for Washington County Hospital.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and many other businesses and organizations joined forces to produce the event, held Dec. 1 to 5 at locations in Hagerstown, including Robinwood Medical Center.

The holiday festival featured a public display of more than 35 one-of-a-kind, professionally decorated trees; a showcase of holiday decorations; daily musical entertainment by students from local schools and from professional musical groups; children's activities area; and a Gala Preview Party.

Additional activities included a silent auction, a coloring contest, Deck the House Decorator Day, Senior Social, a Sugar Plum Dance for fathers and daughters, Breakfast with Santa and a teddy bear clinic.

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Sandra Pollack, executive director of Antietam Healthcare Foundation, said nearly 2,000 people participated in the events and activities.

After all the entertainment fees, catering, transportation and other costs were tallied, organizers say that more than $8,000 was raised for the planned Special Care Level II Nursery.

The Special Care Level II nursery is for babies born early or newborns with medical complications requiring constant observation or medical care. Caring for the tiniest patients can be daunting and requires precise skills, complex technology and specialized facilities. Currently, special-care babies have to be sent to Baltimore.

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